The Yorkshire Party has accused Boris Johnson of being scared of a powerful devolved Yorkshire and claimed that he never wanted the region to have proper devolution.
Yorkshire Party leader, Bob Buxton, said: “The Prime Minister’s remarks about devolution being a disaster north of the border show his true attitudes and fears – he believes Yorkshire wouldn’t vote Tory and so he hogs the power in London.”
“Mayors cannot deliver real devolution – no matter how well intentioned mayors might be – because they have few real powers and no funding. If you have to go cap in hand to the treasury to fund your policies, it’s not devolution. Besides, much of their legal powers are actually taken from the councils beneath them – it’s not devolution if powers are becoming less localised.”
“The Yorkshire Party remains committed to bringing powers down from Westminster to a Yorkshire Regional Parliament, with powers and funding similar to Scotland, and with small district councils beneath it for the most local issues.”
The Yorkshire Party is calling on the Government to hold a referendum on a Yorkshire Regional Parliament. It also supports devolution to other English regions, to create what it describes as a “Stronger, Fairer United Kingdom.”